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Does Data need to cut his hair?

This question was directly addressed in the episode Birthright, Part 1: BASHIR Data... may I ask you a personal question? DATA Certainly. ...
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How much does Commander Data weigh?

Approximately 100 kg (= 220 lbs.) according to his 'mother'. DATA: My -- childhood? JULIANA: (laughing) That's what I called it. You were like a baby at first -- a hundred kilogram baby, but still... ...
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Why does The EMH Doctor feel emotion, but Data does not?

Data's lack of emotions is intentional According to Lore, Dr. Soong deliberately left many features out of Data's programming in a bid to make him less threatening to humans. LORE: It would be ...
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Does Data need to cut his hair?

Data did grow a beard at one point (TNG: "The Schizoid Man") so I guess he needs to cut his hair. Alternatively, he can chose when to grow the hair or the beard. After some search I found that in ...
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How does Data have hair?

Data has artificial hair follicles. They can (presumably) take nutrients from what he consumes and convert those into a hair-like substance. BASHIR: Does your hair grow? DATA: I can control the rate ...
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Does Data need to cut his hair?

Data's hair definitely does not require trimming. In the episode "Data's Day", Data visits the barber shop while Geordi is getting his own cut. He tries out the following joke with Geordi: My ...
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How can Data be property of Starfleet?

Salvage Law Data was found inactive on the surface of a planet that had been stripped of life. While we don't have the exact text of the Federation's version of Salvage Law, it is known from an ...
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What does Data's line at the end of "Ship in a Bottle" mean?

A normal holodeck actually does have physicality - or rather, it can. When a human (or other physical being) enters the Holodeck, it has to make some of the features 'solid'. From Memory Alpha's "...
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If Brent Spiner said he couldn't continue playing Data due to his aging, why did he return in Picard?

In this interview it seems like Brent thought the CGI used for de-aging was 'very convincing' and that it's 'gone a long way': "Obviously, I was reluctant to do it again because I'm a bit long ...
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Why does Data put on the purple clothes?

In the 7th season episode "Inheritance" we find out that Data has a modesty subroutine. When Data was first constructed, he didn't feel the need to dress because he didn't "suffer from the elements", ...
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Does Data "unlearn" things?

TL; DR - Data can forget things when deletion is justified This started as a summary, but got a bit long! Anyway, below I present evidence that Data can forget things through hardware manipulation, ...
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Why did Picard not recognize this individual in the first episode of Star Trek: Picard?

It is unlikely that Dahj is a copy of Lal. Lal, introduced as Data's daughter in TNG Season 3, Episode 16 ("The Offspring"), and Dahj Asha, introduced in Picard Season 1, Episode 1 ("Remembrance") ...
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Does Data "unlearn" things?

I doubt he would need to He certainly seems to memorize everything. From S03E03: Doctor Beverly Crusher: Could I have your names, please, just for the record? Rishon Uxbridge: I'm Rishon Uxbridge, ...
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How did Data not know what Aldebaran Whiskey was?

The screen direction in the original script indicates that Data was simply unable to read the label. Since the earlier direction is that the bottle is "very old" the implication would be that the ...
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Why does Data put on the purple clothes?

Kivas Fajo suggests that Data will probably follow the rules of decency prescribed by Starfleet training: FAJO: Oh, don't worry. The solvent won't harm your, your skin. But in seconds it will ...
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Is Data from Star Trek able to swim?

According to this conversation between Data and LaForge -- from the TNG episode, "Descent, Part II" -- no, he can't. LAFORGE: You know, Data, I've been thinking about some of the times we'...
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How was the pronunciation of Data decided?

Patrick Stewart crystallized the pronunciation during the first script reading I'm at the Star Trek 50th Anniversary Celebration in Las Vegas right now. Brent Spiner just revealed the answer to this ...
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Does Data *smell*?

Main canon His breath has no smell, presumably the rest of him is much the same. TALUR: Hmmmm. Remarkable set of teeth. no sign of decay. (sniffs) Breath smells like. (puzzled) Well, it doesn't have ...
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Why does The EMH Doctor feel emotion, but Data does not?

They're different tech The important thing to recognise is that these are two vastly different pieces of technology, running on quite different hardware (one a Starfleet ship's computer and Hilo-...
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How does Data know about his off switch?

Data has a suite of internal systems that allow him to check his status as well as access to high resolution body scanners. It seems highly likely that he would have intimate knowledge of his own ...
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How much of Data's identity depends upon his hardware?

This is addressed in a couple of episodes, notably TNG: The Measure of a Man and TNG: The Schizoid Man . The very short answer is that his core personality is utterly dependent on being housed in a ...
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Is Data implying that he will hurt Q?

Yes, I think Data was implying he would physically move Q out of the engineering department by force. Data will not injure somebody because of his moral programming, but he might injure them to ...
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Why does Data put on the purple clothes?

He is acting like a Starfleet officer (or human being) FAJO: Well, it doesn't matter. It isn't true anyway. My father was quite wealthy, actually. He was a thief. Data, why don't you put on ...
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What's the source for this claim that Data ages?

I don't know what ScreenRant used for their source, but the following appears in TNG episode "Inheritance" (emphasis mine): LAFORGE: Basically she's a Soong-type android, except everything about ...
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On which occasions in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" has Data lied?

Data lies or misleads a number of times, without being ordered to, in "Time's Arrow" and "Time's Arrow, Part II." The most clear-cut example of an outright lie is when he tells a ...
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Why does The EMH Doctor feel emotion, but Data does not?

Besides the answers already mentioned (Data being intentionally stripped of emotions and the Doctor being later technology), there's another aspect worth considering: that the Doctor does not truly ...
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What does it say on Data's suitcase?

I just rewatched the relevant parts of the episode on Netflix HD. That image is already a crop from a full frame, so I don't know that you'll get much more detail there. I couldn't, anyway. My first ...
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Star Trek: TNG episode where Mr. Data struggles to master a piece of music

I found the scene I recalled. It is not Data who fails to perform. It is Jenna D'Sora, in the Episode "In Theory" and Data analysing her playing. http://www.chakoteya.net/NextGen/199.htm ...
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Star Trek TNG episode where the Enterprise accelerates to the end of space in a short time

Sounds like "Where No One Has Gone Before", from TNG's first season. The episode involves the Enterprise being subject to a warp drive test that goes catastrophically wrong: Kosinski: All ...
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Was Data in any danger on the holodeck or not?

I think you've misread the scene. Data is trying to replicate his emotional state. At the beginning of the scene the holodeck safeties are on. He asks the computer to make the Borg stronger and it ...
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